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Busan unveils cooperation projects with North Korea

2018/09/18 17:40

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BUSAN, Sept. 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Busan Metropolitan Government on Tuesday announced a list of its long-term cooperation projects with North Korea, including the connection of rail and marine transportation routes.

Busan's envisioned projects, unveiled in time for President Moon Jae-in's historic visit to North Korea, call for boosting the city's cooperation with the North in the fields of fisheries trade and processing, modernization of fishing vessels and equipment, shipbuilding, exhibitions and conventions and smart city technology, the city said.

The city will push to invite North Korean filmmakers and actors to the Busan International Film Festival and hold an inter-Korean film festival.

Busan Mayor Oh Geo-don announces his city's cooperation plan with North Korea at his office in Busan on Sept. 18, 2018. (Yonhap) Busan Mayor Oh Geo-don announces his city's cooperation plan with North Korea at his office in Busan on Sept. 18, 2018. (Yonhap)

It will also send invitations for North Korean athletes to participate in the 2019 Korea Open Tennis Championship and the 2020 World Table Tennis Championships, to be hosted by the nation's largest port city.

"Busan has experience of inter-Korean cooperation, including the participation of North Korean athletes and cheering squad in the 2002 Busan Asian Games. In order to grow Busan into a gateway to Eurasia, we'll expand logistics routes and other cooperation with North Korea. If necessary, I will push to visit the North," Busan Mayor Oh Geo-don said.

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